CityBeat - Movies http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-83-1-movies.html <![CDATA[‘Fury’ Fights a Dirty Personal War - ]]>

More than any other contemporary filmmaker, David Ayer is the epitome of a street warrior.

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<![CDATA[Poor Judgment - ]]>

It is obvious why the selection committee for the Toronto International Film Festival tapped The Judge for their opening night slot.

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<![CDATA[Local Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett Harnesses Deep Human Magic - ]]> As a film critic, every time I settle into a theater seat I prepare myself for an experience that I liken to tapping into memory. The images that unspool before me may not be lived and processed]]> <![CDATA[The Strange Things We Do for Love - ]]> Love Is Strange shows us — whether we happen to be married, in long-term relationships, dating, or single — that love, beyond all of our fairy tale notions, has a remarkably human core.
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<![CDATA[The 2014 TIFF Alternative: Managing High Expectations - ]]>

I find myself — a full four days into the festival — attempting to rationalize my tepid response thus far.

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<![CDATA[Reflecting on 'The Double' and How Nature Nurtures - ]]> We know Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) all too well. In fact, some of us might recognize elements of Simon in ourselves.]]> <![CDATA[‘Life of Crime’ Pays the Highest Tribute to Elmore Leonard - ]]> Not quite a comedy of errors or a thriller, but something that feels brand new up on the screen. ]]> <![CDATA['Calvary' Asks Us to Walk Alongside a Good Man - ]]> A village priest (Brendan Gleeson) in coastal Ireland hears weekly confessions. His parishioners enter, knowing that there’s little to no anonymity in the booth because he knows them, each and]]> <![CDATA[Director Michael Dowse Embraces Affairs of the Heart - ]]> The first clue that What If, the new film from Michael Dowse, might be a subtle veering off course from the typical journey can be found in the performance of Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace, the lovelorn chap at the center of things. ]]> <![CDATA[Searching for 'A Most Wanted Man' - ]]> Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen Muslim, enters Hamburg, Germany illegally, weaving his way through sewers, stowing away on a cargo ship, hiding in plain sight beneath a dirty hooded sweatshirt and a scraggly beard. Throughout his circuitous journey, though, Issa makes time to pray.]]> <![CDATA[The Persistence of Time - Patricia Arquette on the 12-year experience of making Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood']]> Boyhood, as you've probably already heard, is a different kind movie. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast, filmmaker Richard Linklater's perceptive ode to family and the life of one specific boy (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18 is also about the simple passage of time...]]> <![CDATA[Cracking the Code with ‘I Origins’ Director Mike Cahill - ]]>

For fans of the current wave of independent filmmaking, there’s a certain romantic curiosity surrounding the power-trio of Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij and Mike Cahill. Marling holds the center, anchoring and serving as the face of the trio’s projects together.

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<![CDATA[Embracing the Present in ‘Wish I Was Here’ - ]]>

There’s something fitting in the work of Zach Braff — the star of successful television comedy series Scrubs, which sang, danced, and laughed its way through the madcap years of med school residency for its hapless trio of would-be doctors — because Braff, settling in at the helm of his second feature film, has a not-exactly morbid curiosity with life and death.

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<![CDATA[Filmfest München: What Cincinnati's Sister City Can Teach Us - ]]> Instead of starting off with questions about what I learned about international film culture from attending the Munich Film Festival, it would be far more instructive to kick off with a discussion about what the experience made me think about in terms of what it means to be modern.
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<![CDATA[A Family-Friendly Call From ‘Earth to Echo’ - ]]>

Earth to Echo wastes no time setting up its premise. Three young teens — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — as awkwardly nerdy as can be, land themselves in the middle of quite an adventure when they begin investigating cell phone disturbances in their soon-to-be redeveloped community in Nevada.

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<![CDATA[‘Obvious Child’ is Not Just an Abortion Rom-Com - ]]>

I love Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), the protagonist of Obvious Child, the new indie dramedy from co-writer and director Gillian Robespierre (working from her 2009 short of the same name), because Donna is wickedly smart and engaging, a cute Jewish woman we rarely get to see in mainstream romantic comedies.

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<![CDATA[‘The Rover’ Captures the Utter Collapse of Humanity - ]]>

Based on his work as a filmmaker, David Michôd, Australian partner of the brothers Edgerton (Joel and Nash), channels into the darkest corners of his heart to investigate the primal, animalistic urges that take mankind far away from the civilized façade we’ve constructed for ourselves.

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<![CDATA[Demanding More of ‘Words and Pictures’ - ]]>

Back in the early aughts, Clive Owen starred in a series of promotional online shorts created by BMW called The Hire, where he played a mysterious driver with no name enlisted by powerful people to tackle jobs that required a certain skill set, particularly behind the wheel, that only he had.

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<![CDATA[‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Offers Indie Sensibilities with Studio Purse Strings - ]]>

 At one time, the title for Doug Liman’s new release was All You Need is Kill and it featured a raw 18-year-old military recruit sucked into a time-fractured narrative that had him reliving the same day on what seemed like an endless loop — a D-Day style attack on an alien outpost on the Normandy beachhead that concluded with great losses to the human forces.

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<![CDATA[Holocaust Aftermath Tests Faith in Festival Gem, 'Ida' - ]]> Last year’s Toronto International Film Festival offered big ticket selections like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave that would go on to claim the lion’s share of the attention during the awards season; advance previews of titles like Don Jon, Prisoners and Rush seeking to grab some last minute buzz before their opening weekends...]]>